Is it possible to change the mount points without formatting the drive or reinstalling the OS?

Pyotr Kropotkin pyotr at
Sat Jun 6 23:52:44 UTC 2009

> Currently the computer renamed them as /media/disk, /media/disk1, and 
> /media/disk2.  This has caused me problems in the past, having /media as a 
> mount point.  I have reconfigured and restored my computer the way it was 
> before the re-installation, with a functioning OS again.  Since all my 
> applications are properly configured and the  OS is working perfectly, is it 
> possible to change my mount points on the partitions to /home, /home/backup, 
> and /home/svpersonal without reinstalling the OS and applications again?

You'll need to edit /etc/fstab, which includes a list of all "static"
mount points on your system (stuff in /media is generally mounted
automatically by various daemons).

The file is pretty self-explanatory, though you may want to read the
man-pages for mount and fstab to get a better idea what's going on. The
general format is

    <device> <mount> <fs> <options> <dump> <pass>

in general <dump> and <pass> should be 0 and 2, respectively. For
example, let's say that /dev/sda3 is currently mounted on /media/disk but
should be mounted at /home. The corresponding entry in /etc/fstab would
then be something like

  /dev/sda3   /home  ext3  defaults,relatime  0  2


                                                    - Pyotr
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